It was a transfer saga with a predictable ending – a top Premier League player forcing a move to Spain. This time it was Philippe Coutinho, however his £142 million move has not worked out and he’s now linked with a return to Anfield, something that former Reds star Paul Stewart believes could be a snip at such a cheap price.
Coutinho has been somewhat of a bit-part player during his time at the Nou Camp having managed just 23 goals in 90 appearances for the Catalonian side and with Barcelona in financial ruins, they’re looking to flog him back to Liverpool.
This all comes down to Barcelona struggling to pay the remaining fee on Coutinho’s deal, therefore if he returns to Anfield then they will no longer have to keep paying the Reds the previously agreed fee.
Coutinho does not appear to be a natural fit into Jurgen Klopp’s current side but after finding goals a struggle to come by for large parts of last season, the Brazillian may be something Klopp is looking for and Stewart believes that Liverpool may not need him but that he could be a great option at a small price, as he told Football FanCast exclusively:
“Will he be able to have the same impact that he had when he went for over 100 million? I don’t think so. He certainly hasn’t done much at Barcelona and he’s been very much a fringe player.
“I think he could be a decent player for £35 million because you would have to say that it would be a snip.”
Coutinho was a fan favourite at Anfield before he started agitating for a move away to Barcelona, which saw his relationship with the Liverpool faithful turn sour.
To highlight just how many financial problems Barcelona are in, their four summer signings at the moment are all set to be free agents in Sergio Aguero, Georginio Wijnaldum, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay.